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Sighting Reports 2007

Man Sees Light in Night Sky That Changed Direction
& Speed Several Times

Map Showing Location of Snow Lake Wilderness. Area is About 45 Miles East-Southeast of Seattle, Washington
The Snow Lake Area is About 45 MI ESE of Seattle

Date of Sighting: July 13, 2007
Time of Sighting: 1 AM PDT
Date Sighting Reported: August 2, 2007
Duration of Sighting: Not Known
Location of Sighting: Snow Lake (In Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area - See Map)
Latitude: 47.45 Degrees North (Estimated)
Longitude: 121.43 Degrees West (Estimated)
Number of Witnesses: One
Weather: Clear Skies. (Reported by Witness.)

Description (In Witness's Own Words): I was hiking in the Snow Lake Wilderness Area. I was sleeping in the open by an alpin lake. I was watching the heavens like I like to do. I enjoy looking for satellites as they pass overhead. I noticed a satellite at about where the sun would be at 2 o'clock if it were daylight hours. Then the satellite flashed like a camera strobe and changed directions. It then traveled for a second, flashed again and changed directions 60 degrees or so. It didn't curve as it changed direction. It would flash and just go in a new direction. It was just a light in the heavens, but I know we have nothing in space that can do that. It flashed about six times traveling as if it were a satellite, then it turned red and accelerated accross the sky to the east and was gone from sight over the eastern horizon in less then 2 seconds.

Investigator's Notes: If it wasn't for the changes in direction, speed, and color I would guess that the witness had sighted an iridium flare satellite. Iridium flare satellites exhibit a bright flash. However, the direction changes would rule out satellites. Given the witness description I am not sure what he sighted. I am unable to reach the witness for followup questions because he provided an unreachable email address and no phone number.